Lucas withdraws Grady Ranch studio project

[caption id="attachment_50930" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Filmmaker and Marin resident George Lucas planned to build this 270,000-square-foot office building and digital movie studio on his Grady Ranch property off Lucas Valley Road near San Rafael. (click to enlarge)"][/caption]

SAN RAFAEL -- Filmmaker George Lucas has dropped plans to build a 270,000-square-foot digital movie studio northwest of San Rafael and will take the project elsewhere, his real estate company announced this afternoon.

"The level of bitterness and anger expressed by the homeowners in Lucas Valley has convinced us that, even if we were to spend more time and acquire the necessary approvals, we would not be able to maintain a constructive relationship with our neighbors," according to a Skywalker Properties letter sent by email to people interested in the Grady Ranch project along Lucas Valley Road. "We love working and living in Marin, but the residents of Lucas Valley have fought this project for 25 years, and enough is enough. Marin is a bedroom community and is committed to building subdivisions, not business."

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Skywalker Properties plans to sell the Grady Ranch property and look elsewhere quickly for a new studio site, because projects planned to be made in the new studio in 2013 already are in production, according to the letter.

"We have several opportunities to build the production stages in communities that see us as a creative asset, not as an evil empire, and if we are to stay on schedule we must act on those opportunities," the letter said.

[For the county Board of Supervisors response to the Skywalker Properties action, see "County urges Lucas to continue Grady Ranch project," April 12.]Lucasfilm moves forward with affordable housing at Grady Ranch

May 8, 2012

NOVATO -- Lucasfilm has partnered with the Marin Community Foundation to explore options for building affordable housing on the Grady Ranch property near San Rafael that George Lucas originally planned for a sizable digital-movie studio. [read more]


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